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Ceftazidime Injection

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Why is this medication prescribed?

The antibiotic injection ceftazidime is used to treat a number of bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract (lung) infections, meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord), other infections of the brain and spinal cord, abdominal (stomach area), skin, blood, bone, and joint, female genital tract, and urinary tract infections. Ceftazidime injection is a member of the cephalosporin antibiotics drug class. It kills bacteria to work.

Colds, the flu, or other viral infections cannot be treated by antibiotics like ceftazidime injection. Antibiotic overuse increases your risk of developing a subsequent infection that is resistant to antibiotic therapy.

How should this medicine be used?

Ceftazidime injection is a powder that must be dissolved in liquid before being administered intravenously (into a vein) or intramuscularly (into a muscle). Ceftazidime injection is also offered as a premixed drug for intravenous injection. Ordinarily, it is used every 8 or 12 hours until 2 days after all indications of the infection have vanished.

Ceftazidime injection can be administered either in a hospital setting or at home. Your healthcare practitioner will instruct you on how to utilise the medication if you will be receiving ceftazidime injection at home. Make sure you comprehend these instructions, and if you have any issues, consult your healthcare professional.

Within the first several days of receiving ceftazidime injectable therapy, you should start to feel better. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away or get worse.

Even if you feel better, continue taking the ceftazidime injection until the prescription is finished. Your illness could not be entirely treated if you stop using ceftazidime injection too soon or skip doses, and the bacteria might develop an antibiotic resistance.

Other uses for this medicine

Injections of ceftazidime are also occasionally used to treat individuals with fevers who are also at high risk for infection due to low white blood cell counts, melioidosis (a dangerous infection that is frequent in tropical areas), certain wound infections, and food poisoning. Discuss the dangers of using this drug for your illness with your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you think this drug may be recommended for other conditions.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking ceftazidime injection,

  • If you have an allergy to ceftazidime or any other cephalosporin antibiotics, including cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefdinir, cefditoren (Spectracef), cefpime (Maxipime), cefixime (Suprax), cefotaxime (Claforan), cefotetan, cefoxitin (M (Teflaro), penicillin antibiotics, any other drugs, or the drugs ceftibuten (Cedax), ceftriaxone (Rocephin), cefuroxime (Zinacef), and cephalexin (Keflex). Furthermore let your doctor know if you have a reaction to any of the ceftazidime injection’s components. Get a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Amikacin, chloramphenicol, gentamicine, kanamycin, neomycin (Neo-Fradin), streptomycin, and tobramycin should all be mentioned. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have recently undergone surgery or been injured, or if you have diabetes, cancer, heart failure, gastrointestinal disease (GI; affecting the stomach or intestines), particularly colitis (condition that causes swelling in the lining of the colon [large intestine], liver, or kidney disease, be sure to let your doctor know.
  • You should be aware that some oral contraceptives, or “birth control pills,” become less effective when ceftazidime injection is used. If you’re using this medicine, you’ll need to use another method of birth control. When using this medicine, discuss alternative methods of birth control with your doctor.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking ceftazidime injectable.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

The injection of ceftazidime may have adverse effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Pain, redness, swelling, or bleeding close to the injection site for cefuroxime
  • Diarrhea

Some adverse effects may be severe. Stop using ceftazidime injection and seek immediate medical attention if you suffer any of these symptoms, or call your doctor.

  • Stomach pains, fever, or bloody or watery stools while receiving treatment or for two or more months after it is stopped
  • Face, throat, tongue, lips, and eye swelling
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Hoarseness
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Skin that is flaking, blistering, or shedding
  • Seizures
  • A recurrence of fever, sore throat, chills, or any other infection-related symptoms

Other negative effects from ceftazidime injection are possible. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

The best way to preserve your medication will be advised by your doctor. Just as prescribed, only store your prescription. Be sure to know the right way to store your medications.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

Overdose signs could include the following:

  • Muscles tremble and spasm
  • Seizures
  • Encephalopathy (confusion, memory issues, and other challenges caused by faulty brain function)
  • Coma

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To monitor your body’s reaction to ceftazidime injection, your doctor could request specific lab tests.

Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are taking ceftazidime injection prior to any laboratory test.

Use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest) to test your urine for sugar if you have diabetes and are taking this medicine.

Any queries you may have regarding ceftazidime injection, ask your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Fortaz®
  • Tazicef®
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